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How To Trade In Stocks [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Livermore , Martin Vander Weyer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jesse Livermore was the greatest trader who ever lived.

He started trading at the age of fourteen.

He made his first fortune in the market panic of 1907 when he sold the markets short.

Over the years that followed, he built up a vast fortune trading in and out of the market right through the First World War and the 1920s.

Like every trader, he lost money as well as making it.

But over time, he always came out ahead.

His ability to time his trades was uncanny,

And his success funded a flamboyant lifestyle.

He owned a series of mansions around the world and married a Ziegfield follies showgirl. He was a the original rock-star trader, far more successful than any of today's hedge fund billionaires. Livermore even shorted the market before the 1929 crash - and came out even richer.

But what was the secret of his incredible success?

Shortly before he took his own life in 1940, Livermore wrote 'How To Trade In Stocks'.

The book distilled the wisdom of a lifetime of making - and sometimes losing - money.

In a terse, no nonsense style, he set our the rules of successful investing - rules that anyone with money in the markets can learn from.

The book mixes fascinating autobiographical and historical details with step-by-step guidance on:

Reading the market
Analyzing leading sectors
Timing your trades
Money management
Maintaining emotional control

It is the one book on investment that everyone should read.

This e-book edition includes an introduction by Martin Vander Weyer, city columnist for The Spectator.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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From the Back Cover

The Success Secrets of a Stock Market Legend

Jesse Livermore was a loner, an individualist-and the most successful stock trader who ever lived. Written shortly before his death in 1940, How to Trade Stocks offered traders their first account of that famously tight-lipped operator's trading system. Written in Livermore's inimitable, no-nonsense style, it interweaves fascinating autobiographical and historical details with step-by-step guidance on:

  • Reading market and stock behaviors
  • Analyzing leading sectors
  • Market timing
  • Money management
  • Emotional control

In this new edition of that classic, trader and top Livermore expert Richard Smitten sheds new light on Jesse Livermore's philosophy and methods. Drawing on Livermore's private papers and interviews with his family, Smitten provides priceless insights into the Livermore trading formula, along with tips on how to combine it with contemporary charting techniques. Also included is the Livermore Market Key, the first and still one of the most accurate methods of tracking and recording market patterns

About the Author

Jesse Livermore is a stock market legend who made and lost four stock market fortunes in 40 years. Livermore's revolutionary timing techniques, money management systems, and high-momentum approach to trading are as valid today as they were three-quarters of a century ago.

Richard Smitten teaches the “Jesse Livermore Trading System" and is developing "Trade Like Jesse Livermore" software. His other books include How to Trade Like Jesse Livermore and a number of novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3677 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (26 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. 3 Dec. 2009
1) Add to your winning positions!
2) Look for stocks making new highs.
3) If a stock is to go from 10p to 100p it will make record highs.
4) Only risk 5% of your capital per trading idea - but add to winning positions.
5) Trail your stop-loss under the dips.
6) Technical analysis works because it is measures volatility.
7) A break out to a record high is more significant than a breakout to a 20 day high.
8) When adding to winning positions buy less than your previous amount like a pyramid.

Amazing book - Livermore has helped me pay my university fees.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great 30 Oct. 2009
Some clear instructions from the mind of a great. Take no notice of the 'include's the Livermore market key' although useful it is difficult to use and resembles a high momentum strategy. The start of this book is fantastic and worth the price alone. The authors interpretation later is hardly an interpretation and more a rehash of Livermore's personal papers and is purely puff which adds little extra. If you really want to get more of a feel for Livermore's technique than Reminscence of A Stock Operator gives then this gives a better indication - just read the personal papers and skip the guff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 9 Jan. 2010
By JHank
Defintely agree with D L Anderton. This book should be read and read again.

Another review commented that Livermore's strategy is nothing more than momentum trading. To an extent it is but I beleive there are other key nuggets of information in this book that will help you refine your investment strategy, particularly around Pivotal Points.

Well worth buying this book, plenty of practical advice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and read again 19 Sept. 2009
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You need to read this book a couple of times to really understand its message. Its concepts are simple, application is hard. Stop looking for the magic key to investing which will do all the hard work for you. Too many investors are looking to find the perfect trading system so they can become rich over night. You have to spend years watching the stock market and not a few days to begin to gain any usefull knowledge. If I could pass on any advice to new investors, it would be to read this book and William J Oniels How to make money in stocks, and then get ready for a few years of hard graft before you start to see consistant results. Just don't give up, you will get there, I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Livermore, 2 stars for the Smitten. 13 Oct. 2012
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I'll keep this short.

The first third of the the book written by Jesse Livermore contains enough value to warrant the purchase of this book. Livermore's accounts and advice are quite possibly the best material available to a trader today, it really is that good. The material after Livermores contribution is poor overall, I do feel bad writing this as Smitten has done us a favour here putting Livermores material in his book but with respect to the chapters Smitten wrote in comparison to the Livermore material... I imagine it's comparable to reading how to make money in oil by J.D. Rockefeller and then reading how to make money in oil by a reporter who studied J.D. Rockefeller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIVERMORE'S TRADING GUIDELINES 14 Jan. 2015
By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER
A useful historical document on the life and trading methods of Jesse Livermore.

But I really wonder. Not limiting more than 5% of your capital on any one trade is sensible advice. Then how come Livermore kept going broke?

Livermore was a secretive individual and I wonder will we ever get the complete story of his life and doings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, sound, practical advice 9 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want a magic and easy solution to investing, this isn't going to be the book for you. Although the strategies he outlines are clear and simple, there are no cheats here and it will be hard work to implement- but worth it. It makes clear what is usually an incredibly complex and confusing subject. It is also a great insight into Jesse Livermore with some brilliant anecdotes from his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 July 2012
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A horse's mouth account from another era.

Jesse's words have enduring appeal and value.

I'd recommend this book to any experienced investor, trader or speculator - it could change the way you do things forever.
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